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Free Program to link different video files but then be able to splice out parts to make the file smaller

allison77090 236 14 September 13, 2015 at 02:00 PM
I am searching for a Free Program to link a couple of video files but then be able to splice or delete certain parts of the file to condense it.

I have tried a few and then they have some sort of hangup or you can only combine 4 files, etc.



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What you're ultimately looking for is video editing software. The best options are not free. Programs like Adobe Premiere Elements or Sony Movie Studio could work well and aren't that expensive. You might be able to use a free trial of one of these if the trial doesn't have significant limitations. If you have a mac use iMovie.

I recently did a fairly large personal video editing project using the trial of the full version of adobe premiere pro. Let me say for your needs I DO NOT recommend the full version of premiere. The full version while capable of many things, has a fairly steep leaning curve compared to other video editing software I've used. The latest CC version was prone to FREQUENT and INFURIATING crashes, errors, and corrupt output files. It's also the only program that's BSOD'd my computer in the last 2 years. Premiere elements is a more stable program and is simpler to use. For my project I needed some features only found in the full pro version. But after this experience I wouldn't pay to use premiere pro again, I'd choose a competing product.

If you can tolerate a max 720p output resolution, the free edition of Lightworks may work for you. It also has a learning curve, but what you're trying to do doesn't sound too complicated.

Shortcut is a free open source video editing program and could be good option for you:

You can do some crude video editing with virtual dub

Windows Movie Maker is free You may need to pair it with some video conversion software like macroplant's adapter. Older versions of WMM tend to be unstable with certain file formats.

Another option is to use the online youtube video editor
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